The 2013 NFL Draft takes place on April 25th-27th, welcome to the SportSmasher.com 2013 NFL Draft big board (Version 2.0), which is how I rank the top draft prospects in a best player available scenario, regardless of position. The Draft is not strong at the skill positions, especially at the top, but has incredible talent in the trenches and good depth everywhere. Their may not be a lot of NFL Superstars in this class, but there are a lot of quality players, that will have long and successful NFL careers. The good news is there is so much depth that not a lot separates players projected to go in the 20′s from players projected to go in the late second round. Let’s rank them:
1 ) Luke Jockel, OT (6’6 310lbs) Texas A&M –A franchise cornerstone left tackle, Jockel may not be the most athletic tackle prospect we have seen, but he has incredible technique and is a gamer. Works tirelessly on his game and is a technician. A solid run blocker who is even better as a pass protector, has good power and excellent feet. Tons of experience, a four year starter in difficult conferences (Big 12, SEC), he has blocked some of the best pass rushers in the county. Will protect a quarterback’s blindside for a long time in the NFL.
2 ) Eric Fisher, OT (6’7 300bs) Central Michigan – Fisher has prototypical left tackle size, possesses good feet and athleticism for the position and plays with leverage and power. He played very well at the senior bowl and has turned a lot of heads since the draft process began, he will be an excellent tackle, and has a very high ceiling. Jockel is a better player right now, but in a few years Fisher may be the one on All-Pro teams, and I would not be shocked if he was the first overall pick.
3 ) Dion Jordan, DE (6’6 248lbs) Oregon – A long, lean and athletic defensive end, Jordan is a speed rusher that excels at beating offensive tackle to the edge. He is freakishly athletic and is able to drop into coverage easily, he is an ideal fit as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, where he has superstar potential. He needs to add bulk and get stronger, but this should not be a problem, he has the frame of a basketball player. If he is available at the fourth pick overall, I see no way that his college coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles pass up on him, he would be a perfect fit.
4 ) Sharrif Floyd, DT (6’3 300lbs) Florida – Just 20-years-old, Floyd has been one of the stars of the draft process, he has everything that teams look for in an interior defensive lineman. He can play the run and rush the passer, he is also very versatile, and can line up all over a defensive line. He is explosive out of his stance and very athletic for his size, plus has excellent strength and power he uses to blow plays up in the backfield. I like him much better in the 4-3 defensive alignment, however, he is talented enough to excel in any scheme.
5 ) Dee Milliner, CB (6’ 201lbs) Alabama – An instinctive cornerback with a nose for a ball and ideal size for the position, Milliner is also an excellent tackler who is outstanding in run support. Has everything that a shutdown cornerback should have in his game, and ran a faster 40-yard-dash at the combine than scouts expected (4.37) and proved he can run with NFL wide receivers. Fluid athlete who is very well rounded and should start immediately, he is by far the best cornerback prospect in this class, and it is not close.
6 ) Chance Warmack, G (6’2 317lbs) Alabama – The best offensive guard prospect I have ever studied, Warmack is very nimble for his size, and is an excellent pulling guard due to his athleticism. He is a dominant run blocker who also is quick enough to be excellent in pass pro. The only knock on Warmack is he is a little short and stumpy for his position in the NFL, but make no mistake, he is an elite talent. Lack of positional value could hurt him, but not that much, he is just too good.
7 ) Barkevious Mingo, DE (6’4 241lbs) LSU – Mingo has an extremely high ceiling, he is insanely talented, and he has more potential than any other pass rusher in this class. He has a quick first step, is very long, and has the frame to get much stronger. The problem is that Mingo’s game lacks consistency, he is very raw, and will be a project at the next level. Must learn to be more instinctive. He will be able to help a pass rush from day one, but will struggle to take on blockers, and will have to learn to better defend the run. May be a situational pass rusher at first, really needs to add bulk and strength. In two or three years, he could be a monster, an elite pass rusher.
8 ) Ezekiel Ansah, DE (6’6 274lbs) BYU – The biggest question mark in the draft, when do you gamble on this freak of nature, who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential? Ansah is an excellent athlete who possesses an eye-popping combination of size, speed and strength on a massive frame. He is just starting to learn the game and did not play football until 2010. He struggled during Senior Bowl practice, then dominated the game. He wowed scouts at the combine. I think he fits best as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, however some scouts think he can stand up as an outside linebacker, but I think he lacks the instincts. Ansah will take some time to develop, but all of the superstar ingredients are there, if you are willing to wait.
9 ) Star Lotulelei, DT (6’3 311lbs) Utah – A massive defensive tackle who dominated the line of scrimmage despite double teams at Utah this season, Lotulelei is extremely strong and shows great use of his hands to manhandle blockers. He will never be a dominant pass rusher, but he will dominate the interior line, stuff the run and allow for pass rushers to do their job and rush the quarterback. He has dropped a bit due to a heart issue that was revealed during his physical at the combine, but has been cleared to resume full activities.
10 ) Lane Johnson, OT (6’6 303lbs) Oklahoma – A former junior college quarterback, who was then a tight end at Oklahoma before making the switch to tackle, Johnson has the frame of a prototype NFL left tackle with long arms and a knack for dealing with speed rushers. He has strong technique and good feet, which makes him excellent in pass protection, and he would fit nicely on the left side for a team that likes to throw the ball. He needs to add bulk and get stronger, and his run blocking is decent, but will need improvement. Lots of potential.
11 ) Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker (6’3 245lbs) Georgia – Jones is an absolute monster of a pass rusher, but he is not a one trick pony, he also displays instincts and will make plenty of plays stuffing the run behind the line of scrimmage. He does have some concerns, including off the field red flags and spinal stenosis, fits best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. However he has a nonstop motor who is a big hitter and will immediately become an impact player for an NFL defense. Based on production, he is tough to top in this draft class, but how much better can he get?
12 ) Jonathan Cooper, G (6’2 3211lbs) North Carolina – A road grader in the running game, I have Cooper graded just slightly behind Warmack as one of the best offensive guards that I have ever graded, except positional value will likely force both players to slide. Cooper is ready to start right now, he is strong, and holds up against the pass while making holes in the run game. Like Warmack, Cooper is a little short and stocky when compared to the prototypical starting guard in the NFL, but makes up for it with a combination of athleticism and power.
13 ) Tavon Austin, WR/KR (5’9 174lbs) West Virginia – Austin is very small, but extremely explosive and lightning quick, if a coaching staff can find creative ways to get him the ball Austin can become a star in this league. Is a top flight return man, is a threat to return a kick to the house every time he touches the ball. Will struggle to get off of the line of scrimmage, has a small catching radius and will have to use his suddenness to get open, projects as an excellent slot receiver at the next level. Every time he touches the ball he is a threat to score. Playmaker.
14 ) Sheldon Richardson, DT (6’3 294lbs) Missouri – The more you watch Sheldon Richardson play, the more and more you like his game, he will continue to rise as scouts study more tape. A relentless defensive tackle, Richardson is explosive out of his stance, and excels against both stuffing the run and rushing the passer. He is violent with his hands, has excellent awareness, excels at reading plays and being in the right spot at the right time to make a stuff. Disruptive players against the run and the pass.
15 ) Alec Ogletree, LB (6’3 242lbs) Georgia – When you watched Georgia play this past season, Ogletree stood out, his athleticism and instincts were evident on every single defensive snap. Ogletree was suspended for the first 4 games of the season, and still finished with a team leading 112 tackles, and was all over the field for the Bulldogs. He plays sideline to sideline with a nasty streak, he will start out as a middle linebacker in the pros, but has the versatility to line up at any linebacker spot and stay in the game on passing downs. Ogletree is a former safety who is a phenomenal tackler and is excellent in coverage, an every down linebacker in the NFL. Character concerns will have an impact on his draft status, but he is going to be an excellent player, if he can stay out of trouble. Was charged with a DUI in Arizona during the draft process.
16 ) Kenny Vaccaro, S (6’ 214lbs) Texas – The kind of player that immediately upgrades both the pass and run defense, Vaccaro has the speed to cover the middle of the field, while possessing the aggressiveness to play in the box and stuff the run. A strong tackler who can deliver the big hit, Vaccaro can play either the free or strong safety spot on the next level, he has a great blend of athleticism and strength. Has had some minor off the field incidents in his pass including an assault charge and failure to obey police, but these were minor, and should not hurt him on draft day.
17 ) Geno Smith, Quarterback (6’3 214lbs) West Virginia – Smith is a very talented quarterback with great accuracy on his throws and a quick release, but as I stated earlier this offseason, he is not RGIII or Russell Wilson. He is an athletic quarterback in the pocket who is not a threat to break long runs, I compare him to Tony Romo, his strengths will be rolling out and buying time in the pocket then making plays downfield. I call him “pocket athletic” which works in today’s NFL. He has the tools to become a very good NFL starter, but he is not a running quarterback who will set the league on fire like RGIII. He is far the best quarterback in the draft, but with teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals filling their quarterback need already this offseason, how far does Smith drop? If the Bills do not select him at eight overall, he could be in for a long slide on draft day, and word is they won’t pick him.
18 ) D.J. Fluker, OT (6’5 339lbs) Alabama – There is not a doubt in my mind that D.J. Fluker will be an excellent right tackle, likely one of the best in the NFL, for the next decade. He reminds me of former New York Giants right tackle Kareem McKenzie, an absolute mauler in the run game, who plays with a nasty streak. He will struggle at times with speed rushers, but he is athletic for his size, and can hold his own in pass protection. The fact that I do not think he is light on his feet enough to play the blindside and handle speed rushers knocks him down a bit, but make no mistake, he is going to be a good one.
19 ) Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (6’2 216lbs) Tennessee – The thing that impresses me the most about Patterson is his body control, he adjusts to the ball in the air, and shows great hands reeling in difficult passes. This is a tough trait for wide receivers to learn, it is one of those things that unless you are born with it, it is impossible to teach. Patterson has it. He did not measure as big as he was listed at Tennessee which hurts him a bit, but proved that he possesses the speed to beat NFL cornerbacks deep, and he will be an excellent pro. Gifted athlete who makes the quarterback look good.
20 ) Bjoern Werner, DE (6’4 266lbs) Florida State – I hear Werner compared to J.J. Watt often, and I am not going to go that far, he does not have the physical size or power that J.J. Watt has and that is not a knock on Werner. Few have the total package like Watt. The reason Werner gets compared to Watt is, not only he is he an excellent pass rusher, but his awareness and relentlessness compare to Watt. Guys with these qualities, that are tough to teach, make it in the NFL. Werner is not an elite athlete or a pure speed rusher, which has hurt his draft stock, but his motor is evident and his production speaks for itself. He seems like one of those players that a team will regret passing on down the road, as they opt to instead grab prospects with better workout numbers, who never develop. Lower ceiling than the earlier DE prospects, but also higher floor, and ready to contribute from day one.
21 ) Desmond Trufant (6’ 190lbs) Washington – Trufant has been a recent climber on draft boards, he has shown good speed (4.38 40 –yard-dash) and NFL bloodlines, he is the brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant. A solid prospect all around, he has no glaring weaknesses, and has excellent instincts and football intelligence. Excellent athlete, has a natural feel for the position, and good ball skills.
22 ) Tyler Eifert, TE (6’5 250lbs) Notre Dame – Eifert is a tall and athletic tight end who can lineup anywhere, and will cause problems for the defense, especially in the Red Zone. A matchup nightmare with natural receiving skills, I expect Eifert to line up tight, in the slot and even out wide his versatility will make him very valuable. He is not an elite athlete like the Saints Jimmy Graham, but he is a good enough one to get the job done, especially in a pass heavy offense.
23 ) Matt Elam, S (5’10 207lbs) Florida – I am a big Matt Elam fan, and think he is too far down this list, because he is a phenomenal football player. Elam is the kind of safety that all NFL fans want on their team. Has a knack for the big play, will deliver punishing hits, he forces fumbles and makes interceptions. I know that you can find safeties in the later rounds, but not ones like Elam, this sounds like blaspheme to Philadelphia Eagles fans but he reminds me of Brian Dawkins. Short, compact, built like a missile.
24 ) Menelik Watson, OT (6’5 310lbs) Florida State – Was originally a basketball and soccer player growing up in England, played center on the Marist basketball team, but knew he was too small to play professionally and looked for other options. NFL frame, long arms, excellent athlete who can add more muscle and bulk. Has only played two years of football, still learning the game, and will be a project in the NFL. Watson’s frame and athleticism make him very intriguing as a prospect, was a right tackle at Florida State, but has all of the tools to develop into a left tackle in the NFL. Would not be shocked to hear his name called in the teens on draft day by a team that sees him as a left tackle, he oozes potential.
25 ) Xavier Rhodes, CB (6’2 210lbs) Florida State – Rhodes is a very talented player, he is a big, physical corner with long arms,who can run with receivers down field. Scouts are enamored with Rhodes’ long frame and athleticism, as one scout said at the combine “That is what an NFL cornerback is supposed to look like.” Excellent tackler who shows great timing which leaping to make a play, uses his above average height and length really well, will be an asset in the red zone against bigger targets.
26 ) Keenan Allen, WR (6’2 206lbs) California – A quick wide receiver with good size, Allen has a lot of tools, but needs to prove that he can stay healthy. He battled knee injuries throughout the 2012 season which forced him to miss games, but he has a talent for making the big play, both in the passing game and the return game. Polished route runner, uses good strength to separate from defenders and get open, looks like a solid number two receiver in the NFL.
27 ) Eddie Lacy, RB (6′ 220lbs) Alabama – I think that just one running back will come off of the board in the first round, and expect that player to be Alabama bruiser Eddie Lacy. He has good burst, vision and power. I doubt that he will break any 60 yard touchdown runs in the NFL, but he will be solid, and knows how to gain tough yards. Remember, he was running the ball behind one of the best college offensive lines we have ever seen, need to factor that into the equation when drafting him. Lacy is also a very good receiver out of the backfield, which he does not get enough credit for, and should be excellent in pass protection. The one weakness that I see is he does not have a ton of breakaway speed.
28 ) Jonathan Jenkins, DT (6’4 346lbs) Georgia – An absolutely massive defensive lineman, Jenkins is the type of player that can really anchor a defense, and he can line up at both nose tackle or end in a 3-4 front. The interesting thing about Jenkins is, despite being 345lbs, he is very athletic and can move. I think he may fit best as an end in the 3-4 defense, he can hold the edge, and if an excellent pass rusher is put behind him that player should pile up the sacks. Will never be a pass rusher himself, but his presence will help your pass rush. May never be a star, but will be a very valuable player.
29 ) Justin Pugh, OG (6’5 307lbs) Syracuse – A big, tough offensive guard, who provides versatility, and can likely step in and play tackle if needed. Clearly fits best at offensive guard due to his short arms (32”), early in the draft process there was some talk of Pugh playing tackle in the NFL, but that will only happen in emergency situations. Has the frame to add more bulk and power, some early concern over a nagging shoulder injury that cost him 4 games in 2012, but Pugh appears to be fully recovered.
30 ) Kawann Short, DT (6’3 300lbs) Purdue – A stout, tough defensive tackle who has great technique. He always stays low and plays with great leverage, he can rush the passer effectively from the inside. Reminds me of a young Rocky Bernard, who had a lot of success rushing the passer as a defensive tackle early in his career with the Seattle Seahawks. Takes on blockers well and holds up the run, the biggest knock on him is consistency, he seems to take plays off.
31 ) Manti Te’o, LB (6’2 255lbs) Notre Dame – There is no doubt that, based on production, Manti Te’o was one of the best players in the country last season. He was the leader of a Fighting Irish defense that played for the national championship, showed he was more than just a run stuffer, as he played sideline to sideline while intercepting seven passes in coverage. Based on talent alone, he is a top ten pick, who should be the leader of a great defense for the next decade. However, following the fake dead girlfriend scandal, Te’o took a major hit in his draft stock, and his workout number have been unspectacular. I have heard from “people who know” that Te’o is a surefire first round pick, but I am still skeptical, and find it hard to pair him with a team willing to gamble on him in the first round.
32 ) Sylvester Williams, DT (6’3 313lbs) North Carolina – A player who really helped himself his senior year, Williams is a powerful and plays the game angry, he has strong hands which he uses to toss offensive linemen aside. He is older than most prospects (24), and ready to play now but his age may hurt him on draft day. I think Williams fits in best on a good team which is ready to contend, but I could also see his age knocking him into the second round, he may have already reached his ceiling.
33 ) Justin Hunter, WR (6’4 195lbs) Tennessee – I am a bigger fan of Justin Hunter than most, because I’ve seen what he can do when he is healthy, which is make big plays and absolutely dominate games. Has a great size and speed combination, can beat defenders deep, and is explosive after the catch. In 2011, Justin Hunter had 16 catches for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns through TWO games, until a torn ACL ended his season prematurely. Hunter has regained his explosiveness and had 73 catches for 1083 yards and 9 touchdowns last season. He needs to get stronger and add bulk, he is far too skinny, but he has the frame for it.
34 ) John Cyprien, S (6’ 217lbs) Florida International – Probably the hottest name in the 2013 draft right now with “draft nerds”, Cyprien is a big safety who was the quarterback of the defense at FIU and is a heady player, who is capable of delivering the big hit on every play. I am not as big of a fan of Cyprien as many scouts are, he has the skill set to be an excellent player in the NFL and possesses great instincts, but he is also overaggressive and tends to miss tackles. I find him to be caught out of position at times on tape. Again, I like him, but I am not in love with him and many scouts are. He might be good, but, is he worth the risk this early?
35 ) Jamar Taylor, CB (5’11 192lbs) Boise State – A talented cornerback who has a shot to sneak into the late first round, Taylor is not an elite natural athlete, but his smarts and work technique make up for it. Projects as an excellent cornerback #2 on the next level, very instinctive and poised, does not panic or become flustered and is always in good position. Adaquate tackler. Ran a better than anticipated 40-yard-dash at the combine (4.32) which helped his stock.
36 ) Datone Jones, DE (6-4, 283) UCLA – A big 3-4 defensive end who will succeed at holding the edge in the NFL, the type of outside anchor that every 3-4 defense needs, because he holds up well against the run. He is a hot name right now, I have been hearing some buzz that teams who are switching to the 3-4 defense (Philly, Saints) have interest. Will not be a high sack total defensive end, but will set the edge, and be a valuable contributor.
37 ) Sam Montgomery, DE (6’3 262lbs) LSU – Is clearly very talented, looks like a star, but only flashed his true potential briefly on the field at LSU. Was once projected as a potential top five pick in this draft, but struggled during the 2012 season, then has improved his stock again in offseason workouts. If he is drafted by a team with a great defensive line coach that can teach him technique and consistency, they could have a steal on their hands. The potential is there, and he is known for his excellent work ethic, will not be a star but could be a valuable contributor in the NFL.
38 ) DeAndre Hopkins, WR (6’1 214lbs) Clemson – The speedy receiver from Clemson has a knack for the big play, and proved he has good top-end speed at the combine by running a (4.57) 40-yard-dash. Extremely athletic and even played on the Clemson basketball team once season, has strong hands and great quickness, I tend to think he will become an excellent pro. Needs work on his route running and not an elusive player, but extremely competitive and catches balls in traffic. If he were a little taller I would have him much higher on this list.
39 ) Jonathan Hankins, DT (6’3 320lbs) Ohio State – A big space eating defensive tackle, who will never get much of a pass rush, but holds the line and stuffs the run. Not a bad athlete, but does not play with the violence of quickness of the defensive tackles ranked ahead of him. There were times when Hankins looked like he was a top ten pick, and times when he looked like he should be a second day pick, needs to become consistent. Needs to get on an NFL diet and strength training program, his weight will always be a concern, but has lots of potential if he proves he wants to be great.
40 ) Jonathan Banks, CB (6’2 185lbs) – A player that I think has gone from slightly overrated to slightly underrated in the draft process, Banks is a long and lean cornerback, who has a lot of experience at the highest level of competition in the SEC. His size makes him valuable, because he can match up with big NFL wide receivers close to the goal line, and swat away jump balls. Can be counted on early, has big game experience. Ran a solid 40-yard-dash (4.56) and brings some versatility, can play free safety as well. Plays with a nasty streak and is extremely confident.
41 ) Margus Hunt, DE (6’8 277lbs) SMU – The native of Estonia was sent to the United States to train for shot put and discus, in which he won gold medals in the 2006 Junior World Championships. He has an 82 inch wingspan, but he still benched 225lbs 38 times and then ran a 4.60 40 yard dash at the combine. He also displayed a 34.5 inch vertical leap. He is still very raw and does not quite understand how to play football yet, he is a project for sure, but if a good coaching staff can unlock his potential he will be a force. Looks spectacular on one play, then gets blown off the ball by a lineman who will not get drafted the next, he is a work in progress. Was pushed around at the senior bowl, but has so much natural talent that every coach in the league is intrigued, a major project with huge upside.
42 ) Quinton Patton, WR (6’ 204lbs) Louisiana Tech – Patton is coming off of a monster season, and he will have a lot of value in the pass heavy NFL of today. He has great hands, runs sharp routes, and knows how to get open. Has a great feel for the game, confuses defensive backs, has them shaking their heads after plays. Against Texas A&M this season, Patton had 21 catches for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns. Read that back to yourself. He measured smaller than expected at the combine but ran an impressive (4.5) 40-yard-dash and he will catch a lot of balls on the next level. If used as a possession type wideout in a heavy passing offense he has a lot of value.
43 ) Zach Ertz, TE (6’5 250lbs) Stanford – Excellent combination of size, speed and hands, Ertz can stretch the field and hit the seam. A true weapon in the red zone because of his height, he is dangerous in a jump ball situations. The type of tight end that a coach can move around to confuse defenses, can line up tight, in the slot, or even split out wide. I was surprised by his slow 40-yard-dash time (4.79) because he looks much faster on tape. A lot like Eifert as a prospect, just not as athletic or as natural of a receiver, still the second tight end on my board.
44 ) Damontre Moore, DE (6’4 250lbs) Texas A&M – There was a point where Moore was projected as a top five pick in this draft, but poor workouts and the fact that he was unprepared at the combine, have absolutely destroyed Moore’s draft stock. When I reviewed his tape, he did not jump off of the screen, though he is clearly talented and piled up statistics. NFL teams hate it when a player shows up at the combine unprepared and out of shape, maybe more than anything else, it shows them that you do not want to work. Needs to add strength.
45 ) Tank Carradine – DE, (6’4 276lbs) Florida State – Tore his ACL in late November, which obviously hurt his draft stock, so his status for the 2013 NFL season will be uncertain. He is a freak of nature in the weight room, and absolute monster pass rusher, who would be a first round pick if not for questions about his knee. Very productive. Has made an amazing comeback from his knee injury. Could be a steal, and could be drafted much higher than this, I know teams are interested in the late first round.
46 ) Kevin Minter, LB (6’ 245lbs) LSU – Very physical inside linebacker prospect, who was in on every play for the Bayou Bengals in 2012, has great instincts for the position. Great tackler, but short and stocky, below average speed at the NFL combine with a (4.81) 40-yard-dash. To me, he projects as a run stuffing, two down linebacker in the 3-4 defense who comes off of the field in passing downs. He should rack up the tackles in the run game, but height and speed are concerns, you do not want him dropping into coverage or rushing the passer.
47 ) Matt Barkley, QB (6’2 227lbs) USC – ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter claims that Matt Barkley will be a first round pick, but I cannot see it, and his ranking here shows how much I dislike the 2013 quarterback class. NFL Teams seem to have agreed with me, as may filled their holes at the position with free agents or through trades. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that Matt Barkley can be a very successful quarterback, he has a lot of experience, and a good arm. I think with the proper weapons, he can become a very efficient quarterback in the NFL, and while he won’t be a Superstar he is good enough to lead a winning team. He has a few things working against him 1) an injured shoulder 2) a mediocre senior season 3) the fact that many USC quarterbacks have struggled.
48 ) D.J. Swearinger, S (5’11 208lbs) South Carolina – Swearinger is a little short for a safety, but he makes up for it with long arms and an excellent football I.Q. Always in the right position to make a play, a true team leader, and a student of the game. Very instinctive, has a knack for making plays and being in the right place at the right time. Aggressive and plays with a chip on his shoulder, plays with a mean streak, teammates love him.
49 ) Kyle Long , OG (6-6, 313) Oregon – Howie Long’s son, it is clear that he has a great pedigree, look at success of his dad and his brother (Chris Long, DE – Rams). He is a tough and gritty guard who is athletic enough to pull, but strong enough to open holes in the running game, with his support system he will not fail. Brings some versatility and could probably play right tackle if pressed into action, but his ideal is guard, where he should be a very good player for a long time.
50 ) Larry Warford, OG (6’3, 332) Kentucky – A massive road grader guard, who excels in the opening holes in the running game, Warford is a player who’s stock is on the rise. He can be a bit slow out of his stance in pass pro, but he is an immoveable object, that is tough to get around. He has good technique and is not a bad athlete for his size, and his power and bulk make him a big asset when running the football. Weight will be a concern, was once over 350lbs, and could become even better if he drops more weight on an NFL nutritional plan.
51 ) Le’Veon Bell, RB (6’1 230lbs) Michigan State – The battering ram, Bell is a big back, who will run defenders over. He ran an unspectacular 40-yard-dash at the combine (4.61) but proved he could get to the second level at Michigan State, but he get to the second level in the NFL? He is a throwback, he will have success in short yardage situations, and I think he will be an excellent pro. There are not a lot of running backs out there today that defenders fear tackling, Bell is one of those guys, he will have no problems running over linebackers. I like him more than most scouts.
52 ) Khaseem Greene, OLB (6′1 241lbs ) Rutgers – A former safety, Green made the switch to linebacker, and is the kind of player that needs to find the right scheme. Did a lot of work to add strength and bulk before the combine,very speedy with good instincts. A lot like LaVonte David (Buccaneers) in the 2012 Draft, he fits best in a Tampa-2 defense, or in situations that you need a linebacker to cover. He is a project, he gets enveloped in the run game, and needs to get bigger and stronger. If you work with him add strength, and teach him how to disengage blockers, he could be a good one.
53 ) Corey Lemonier, DE (6’3 255lbs) Auburn – A one trick pony, Lemonier does one thing but he does it very well, and that is rush the passer. Will be a situational pass rusher early in his NFL career, he has long arms and an explosive first step, he can really get to the quarterback off the edge. He must add a lot of bulk and get stronger so he does not get swallowed up by blocks in the run game. Ran an excellent (4.60) 40-yard-dash at the combine, brings a very important skill to the table, which gives him good value.
54 ) Barrett Jones, C (6’5 305lbs) Alabama – Will likely play center on Sundays, but you have to love this kid, because of his toughness and versatility. The beauty of Barrett Jones is he can line up anywhere along the offensive line, he won a national title three times while playing three different positions. During his career at Alabama he was an All-American guard, right tackle and center, so you can play Jones anywhere, although he naturally fits best at center. Coaches love a talented kid that can play multiple positions, and Jones brings that plus incredible intangibles to the table. 4.0 GPA at Alabama.
55 ) Mike Glennon, QB (6’7 225lbs) NC State – I like Mike Glennon’s tools, he is a tall quarterback prospect with a strong arm, but he needs some development if he is going to succeed. He has zero mobility and is purely a pocket passer, he struggles at times with the pass rush in his face, but is tall and can see over the lines. He is streaky, he struggles with accuracy at times, but he also shows some flashes of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Out of all the quarterbacks, it would shock me the least if someone gambled on Glennon in the late first round, he throws the ball deep effortlessly and has a lot of potential. If I had to gamble on a second tier QB right now, I lean Glennon, but will need time to work with him.
56 ) Terrance Williams, WR (6’2 208lbs) Baylor – Williams is a speedy deep threat with good hands who was a favorite target of Robert Griffin III in 2011, he can make big plays downfield and get behind a defense, and has always had a knack for the highlight reel catch. He lacks some route running discipline, which is why I knocked him down a bit, I know he can make the big play but he loses interest in the easy or smart play at times. Might not be a heavy volume catch guy, but a threat to make the big play and score on the deep ball.
57 ) Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB (6-0 192 lbs) UConn – ESPN analyst Todd McShay loves him, but I see him as a solid prospect who needs some work. Wreh-Wilson has a nice combination of size and speed, Not the fastest corner, but fast enough to stay with most wideouts, not the most physical corner, but physical enough. Does everything well but is not outstanding in any one area. Possesses good instincts. 2011 knee injury is a concern.
61 ) Jesse Williams, DT (6’3 323lbs) Alabama – The Crimson Tide’s massive nose tackle is an anchor type player. He gets over the head of the center, gets low, and holds the middle of the defense. 3-4 teams will love him for this reason, he is strong as an ox, and has major value to teams who are looking for a massive nose tackle in the middle of their defense. Underrated as an athlete, grew up playing rugby, but his athleticism is not why you draft him. You draft him to eat space.
62 ) Eric Reid, S (6’1 213lbs) LSU – One of my favorite players in the Draft this year, Reid is a ferocious safety who delivers punishing hits all over the field, the reason he falls a bit is the depth of the safety class and the lack of emphasis that is placed on the position on draft day. Reid does have good ball skills, and although he is looked as more of an in-the-box strong safety, he can cover the middle of the field as well. Receivers have nightmares about going over the middle with Reid on the field. Not particularly fast on tape, but a smooth athlete, who I think will be a better pro than college player.
63 ) Tyler Wilson, QB (6’2 215lbs) Arkansas – There was a lot of talk about Tyler Wilson becoming a potential first round pick, then head coach Bobby Petrino was fired and the whole program spun out of control, it would be tough for anyone to succeed in that scenario. He has a lot of experience against the toughest competition in college, he has a good enough arm, and is a good athlete. He is also very tough. He likes a conservative approach, can have some accuracy issues, and will make mistakes. I do not think he is an NFL starter, he is more of a good NFL backup to me, prove me wrong Wilson.
64 ) Gavin Escobar, TE (6’6 255lbs) San Diego State – A player that I have really grown to like, Escobar has great hands and is really a threat near the end zone, where he does some of his best work. Good speed, but will likely never be a tight end that can beat you down the seam. Solid, well rounded tight end that should catch a lot of balls on the next level and could be a steal.
66 ) Bennie Logan, DT (6’3 290lbs) LSU – If you are looking for a very talented pass rushing defensive tackle, Bennie Logan is that type of player, he has a quick first step and is explosive off of the line of scrimmage. He needs to add strength and bulk, he is simply too light at this stage, and I doubt he plays much as a rookie. Could be a good one in a year if he commits in the weight room and bulks up.
67 ) Alex Okafor, DE (6’5 264) Texas – A big time prospect going to Texas, Okafor never developed into the superstar the Longhorns expected, he is a solid but unspectacular. Does not come off the line with an explosive first step or have a great initial burst. I could see him playing in the NFL for a long time, but never being an outstanding player, just a solid contributor. Good all around but not great anywhere.
68 ) David Amerson, CB (6’1 201lbs) NC State – This kid knows how to intercept the football, he has 13 interceptions in 2011 (led NCAA), had four multi-interception games, and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Amerson is a long corner who excels in coverage and rips jump balls away from wide receivers downfield. Showed that he can run by posting a (4.38) 40-yard-dash at the combine, but his tape against Tennessee where he was burned deep several times begs to differ. May be best suited as a corner/free safety tweener in the NFL.
69 ) Robert Woods, WR (6’1 190lbs) USC – A very productive wideout, Woods knows how to get open, and will catch a ton of balls in the NFL. Finds holes in the defense and sits in them, has great hands, runs beautiful routes. The problem with Woods is his size and the fact that he lacks the speed to get behind the defense, but a (4.44) 40-yard-dash at the combine helped. He is crafty, and should be an excellent possession receiver in the NFL. A guy you can count on when it’s 3rd and 8.
70 ) William Gholston, DE (6’7 280lbs) Michigan State – Massive defensive end William Gholston is the younger cousin of former Jets first round draft bust Vernon Gholston, will his last name have an impact on his draft stock? It shouldn’t but his off the field red flags are worrisome. However Gholston is a talent, he looks the part, and plays the game angry. I think he will be a productive NFL player, he will be better than his cousin, who is out of the league. Can rush the passer, can play the run, ready to play now.
71 ) Andre Ellington, RB (5’10 200lbs) Clemson – Plays bigger than his size, a tough back, who will fight for extra yards. Not lightning fast, but fast enough, I see Ellington as an excellent backup running back in the NFL. Unafraid of contact, good elusiveness, will contribute.
72 ) Ryan Swope, WR (6’ 205lbs) Texas A&M – Could become an excellent slot receiver in the NFL, tough and caught a ton of balls in college from Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel, plus showed excellent speed at the combine. Could he become the next Wes Welker or Danny Amendola?
72 ) Dallas Thomas, OL (6’5 300lbs) Tennessee – I am not sure where Thomas fits in the NFL, is he a guard? Is he a tackle? He is a good player but a little slow out of his stance and needs to get stronger. I look at him as a project early who needs some coaching, but he could be a good one in a few years. I think he ends up at guard, with the flexibility to slide out to tackle if needed.
73 ) Tony Jefferson, S (5’11 210lbs) Oklahoma – A talented, productive free safety, Jefferson is a good player who is has excellent awareness which helps him create turnovers Excellent in coverage, could be a steal as a centerfielder free safety.. He can run, but he is small, and scouts worry about how he will hold up against the run.
74) Giovani Bernard, (5’10 206lbs) North Carolina – A productive, steady running back, Bernard has good speed and great balance. He knows how to run the football, gain positive yards, and possesses great vision. Injuries are a red flag for Bernard, he has suffered a serious knee injury in the past, and you always worry about that a little more with running backs. May never be a spectacular pro, but should be a very good one, I see him as a change-of-pace back.
75 ) Stedman Bailey, WR (5’10 193lbs) West Virginia – A speedy wide receiver who can get behind the defense, Bailey is small, which will knock him down some draft boards behind some bigger targets. Still he is lightning quick, and much like his teammate Tavon Austin, will make big plays in the NFL.
76 ) Shawn Williams, S (6′ 218lbs) Georgia – Kind of the opposite of Jefferson, Williams is a big in-the-box safety, but can he cover? Looked a little hesitant at times, especially against Alabama, and struggled to tackle running back Eddie Lacy. But hey, so did everyone else in the country.
77 ) Arthur Brown, LB (6’1 230lbs) Kansas State – One of the most productive middle linebackers in the country, the knock on him is size, is he too small to play the position in the NFL. Incredible instincts, is all over the field, if he was three inches taller and 15 ponds heavier he would be a surefire first round pick.
78 ) Marquess Wilson, WR (6’3 194lbs) Washington State – A very productive player, Wilson has some major character concerns, he left school after a dispute with the coaching staff. Still, he is excellent on film, and can make the big play downfield while also working as a reliable possession target. If his character checks out, he could be a steal in the later rounds, he is so talented and has everything it takes to be a productive pro.
79 ) Ryan Nassib, QB (6’2 220lbs) Syracuse – Nassib is a good athlete, he has an average arm, and his accuracy is decent. He struggles with the deep ball. He is smart and has great feet, he can be a playmaker, He has a chance to be good, don’t get me wrong, but I do not see him as a second round pick, and there are rumors the Bills will look to take him in the second round and reunite him with his former head coach at Syracuse Doug Marrone.
80 ) Tavarres King, WR (6’ 190lbs) Georgia – King is slight of build and really struggles against more physical defenders, but if he gets stronger, he could become a productive pro. Projects as a slot receiver in the NFL and likely needs time to develop, but could be valuable down the road with some work in the weight room. Shows toughness despite his small stature.
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